Wednesday, February 20, 2019

LG ELECTRONICS PARTNERS WITH MERIDIAN ON PREMIUM AUDIO PRODUCTS

LG Electronics features a superior, clearer and smarter lineup of premium audio products that promises to change the way people think about home speakers; and the line-up of products now include’s Meridian Audio’s advanced high performance audio technology to deliver more natural and warmer sound. From immersive Dolby Atmos soundbars to portable Bluetooth speakers and its latest artificial intelligence (AI) ThinQ speakers, LG has something for every music and movie lover, and we at Video & Audio Center, California’s #1 authorized dealer have the complete line of LG/Meridian audio products in stock and priced lower than Amazon or Best Buy—see stores for details!


Sound All Around and Above
LG’s SK10Y soundbar delivers 550W of powerful output and supports 5.1.2 channels by harnessing the power of Dolby Atmos technology. A unique aspect of the technology is that unique “sound objects” can be precisely placed anywhere in a three-dimensional space for an immersive sound from all directions, including the ceiling, which enhances realism and the effect of being in the middle of the action. To create such powerful, textured sound, the SK10Y is equipped with multiple speakers – including a pair of powerful up-firing speakers – to envelop the listener from every angle. Users can adjust the volume of the upfiring speakers to optimize the sound with the height of the ceiling in room.

Enter: British Audio Innovator Meridian
Meridian and LG Electronics partnership was officially announced during last year’s CES. "The partnership with Meridian will introduce a new level of acoustic performance based on natural and authentic sound derived from rigorous research and development. LG and Meridian will collaborate on a vast array of LG audio products including soundbar and wireless speakers," according to an LG spokesperson. "This collaboration is set to deliver unique solutions for the ultimate listening experience," says Meridian. "Since our inception over forty years ago, we have continuously driven the audio industry forward, adding power, simplicity of integration and premium performance through our audio solutions for home cinemas and whole home applications.”

“As the pioneers of high-resolution audio, an authority on Digital Signal Processing (DSP), creator of the world’s first digital active loudspeaker and experts in the field of psychoacoustics, our influence has been felt in every corner of the industry. We have also played a fundamental role in the development and adoption of revolutionary audio technologies, including Hi-Res Audio and MQA, as well as undertaking pioneering work with Dolby. In addition, our expertise has led us to set new standards for automotive audio, designing the world’s first in-car 3D surround sound system in 2012 for Range Rover," adds the British company.

LG’s partnership with Meridian Audio benefitted the SK10Y speaker with innovative audio enhancements designed to deliver an unsurpassed listening experience. As a pioneer of high-performance, high-fidelity audio and an authority on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and the field of psychoacoustics, Meridian equipped the SK10Y with a high level of performance including its Bass and Space technology to envelop listeners in rich, uncompromising sound. No matter where the listener is seated, sounds seem warmer and immersive. Meridian’s Height Elevation technology raises sound above the soundbar to the level of the screen, bringing extra clarity to speech and music. What’s more, the LG SK10Y is compatible with high-quality lossless audio files to perfectly recreate sound recorded in the studio. In addition to playback of up to 40kHz, the speaker also offers a sound upconverting feature that boosts the quality of standard audio files to 24bit/192kHz to enhance subtle details and nuances of each track.

From a design perspective, the SK10Y is a head turner with its harmonious, modern-looking edges and a slim profile that seamlessly fits underneath many of LG OLED or SUPER UHD TV models. The device is also extremely accessible, with full connectivity to hubs, speakers and other smart devices supporting Chromecast. Simply say “OK Google” and your request to begin playing your favorite song, podcast or audio clip from your favorite online streaming service.

Portable Speakers for Any Occasion
LG’s portable PK series speaker delivers powerful sound and mood lighting features in a fun, convenient package that can be taken anywhere. With Meridian Audio’s advanced technologies, the PK speakers are capable of delivering powerful and undistorted bass as well as optimizing speech and vocals. These speakers are compatible with the Apt-X HD Bluetooth standard for streaming 24-bit music over a wireless connection for listening experience that comes close to the original. For an added visual flair, Dynamic Party Lighting flashes to the beat and all three PK models feature rugged designs and convenient grips for easy handling.


Premium Sounding Speaker with Google Assistant
Then there’s LG’s ThinQ Speaker, which not only produces high-quality sound but comes with Google Assistant built in. LG teamed up with Google to ensure that the LG ThinQ Speaker delivers all the conveniences which comes with having a digital assistant at your side. And LG ThinQ Speaker isn’t only a smart companion, it is also a personalized voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. For example, the LG ThinQ Speaker can be set to turn on an LG appliance with the simple spoken command, “OK Google, talk to LG, turn on the air purifier.” Best of all, the speaker makes no comprises on sound thanks to Meridian Audio technology. LG ThinQ Speaker’s High Resolution Audio is compatible with high quality lossless files, giving it the ability to faithfully recreate sounds that were originally recorded in the studio.

Speakers for Getting the Party Started
For all party lovers, LG has several speakers that combine powerful audio capabilities. These all-in-one party machines offer a variety of features designed to get everyone on the dance floor moving, such as 1,800W output, DJ capabilities, karaoke modes and lights. LG’s party speakers feature durable form factors, easy-to-use interfaces and many connectivity options to download or stream an unlimited number of dance tracks.

“Sound technology has come a long way since LG introduced the first radio to Korean consumers almost 60 years ago,” said Seo Young-jae, head of the convergence audio and video business division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “I’m confident audiences will be impressed with the amount of technology we’ve introduced into our audio products without compromising on sound quality.” John Buchanan, chief executive officer at Meridian Audio added, “We are thrilled to have entered into this unique partnership with LG and confident that our expertise and shared values will see us bring a great number of innovations to the market together, both now and in the future

The complete line of LG/Meridian products are now available at all Video & Audio center showrooms, as well as being available for purchase online on our website HERE.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

3 Ways Samsung’s 2019 Smart TVs Will Change How You Interact with Your TV!


Samsung’s 2019 Smart TVs signify the next stage in the evolution of intelligent displays, as the screen becomes a hub for content and device connectivity in the home. This year’s lineup builds on the innovations of previous years, including the Universal Guide and the One Remote Control, to bring an enriched experience to the home. Equipped with the new Bixby, a voice-powered AI assistant, not only do the 2019 Smart TVs enhance your content experience, but they also widen the reach of connected living.

When Samsung took the stage at CES last year, they announced a bold vision for Connected Living that involved taking the half a billion devices they sell every year and making them connected and intelligent. Over the course of the year, Samsung took important steps to make that vision a reality: first, they introduced a new, consolidated SmartThings app that unites all Samsung IoT platforms including Samsung Connect, Smart Home, Smart View and more. At the same time, they doubled the number of SmartThings-compatible devices, including products from Amazon, Google, Plume, and Ring.

By leveraging Samsung's expertise and depth across consumer technology and IoT, Samsung will for the first time have the ability make people’s lives – or their “user experience” – easier through the creation of a single, ubiquitous, seamless and intelligent connected experience for end users—something our clients at Video & Audio Center have been looking forward to for quite some time.

This is consistent with industry attitudes, as according to Consumer Technology Association’s 2018 Consumer Sentiment survey, half of respondents feel devices and services powered by AI technologies are already making a meaningful impact on daily lives or will within the next year. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds are comfortable with AI having a noticeable impact on daily life. Clearly, consumers are not only getting more comfortable with AI, they are also expecting it to be built into the products and services they like to use.

Samsung believes that artificial intelligence should enhance the user experience by making life simpler, easier, and better; let it take care of the little things, and help with the big things, so customers can focus on the things that matter most to them. Throughout your home, across your office, in your car, and in your pocket, we’re going beyond answering questions and buying products, so you can live a smarter, connected life.

Below are three key developments for Samsung’s 2019 Smart TVs that will change the way you think about content and connectivity at home.

1. Stronger Partnerships, Even More Content

Samsung has expanded its partnerships to provide a greater variety of content to viewers in 2019. From Over The Top (OTT) and live TV streaming, to free channels and lifestyle media, a large range of content and services are now available to choose from.

What’s more, Samsung announced it will offer iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models beginning this spring. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.


2. A More Intelligent Search for Content


With such a vast library of content, sometimes you need a little help finding just what you want to watch, when you want to watch it. The 2019 Smart TVs are equipped with an advanced Universal Guide that analyzes a user’s preferences and viewing patterns to provide personalized content suggestions.

Bixby is an AI platform that asks intuitive questions, encouraging sequential conversations to better understand what users have in mind. Just like how people get to know each other better through each conversation they have, Bixby learns more about a user’s preferences from each interaction, so the AI platform can make informed suggestions about what to watch.

Users also have more options than ever to quickly and easily find and control their favorite content with just their voice by using new Bixby and the AI Remote

3. Seamless Connectivity throughout the Home
Samsung 2019 Smart TVs will allow you to control devices around the home with the integrated Smart Thingsdashboard.*

SmartThings seamlessly connects and controls smart home devices, delivering an unparalleled connected living experience. Using a SmartThings Hub and Works With SmartThings products from leading smart home brands, users can create automations that control devices or run scenes whenever certain conditions – such as the time of day, device status or the arrival and departure of family members – are met. For example, set the lights to turn on when you arrive home using SmartThings sensors or when your smartphone is nearby using location awareness.

Thanks to the open ecosystem, Samsung’s 2019 Smart TV lineup is also capable of seamless interaction with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. Users can navigate a range of simple operations such as turning the power on/off, controlling the volume, changing channels and launching apps all with their voice assistant of choice.

Whether it’s by expanding content partnerships, enhancing AI capabilities or strengthening device connectivity, Samsung is committed to providing users with individual personalization and tailored services for its Smart TVs in 2019. For fifty years, Samsung has entered one consumer electronics category after another with the same result – extreme success. Today, Samsung leads global market share in smartphones, TVs and semiconductors. In the U.S, Samsung is also leading the market in refrigerators and front-load washers.

While Samsung will always be defined by their legacy of incredible products, today, the company's true strength lies in the technological advancements and breadth of that portfolio: only Samsung can connect AI services across our portfolio, so people can experience its full potential.

To see Video & Audio Center's complete line of Samsung Smart TVs as well as their other home entertainment, home security, home theater and audio/video products, click here!

*Smart Things hub sold separately.